Nottingham Forest landed West Ham forward Xande Silva on transfer deadline day. The attacker bolstered the ranks and according to Claret and Hugh, the Hammers have inserted a sell-on clause.
Forest were frantically trying to add forward options right up until the deadline. A move for Bordeaux striker Josh Maja fell through but the Reds did get Silva over the line.
A fee of just £200,000 was enough to prise the versatile player away from the London Stadium. He made just two appearances in three years with West Ham and wasn’t in David Moyes’ plans.
Silva can operate on either flank or as a striker. He boasts a nice turn of pace and is also capable of running at opposing defenders and taking them on.
He will compete with Joe Lolley, Philip Zinckernagel, Alex Mighten and Brennan Johnson for a place on the flanks. Those four have been the go-to options this season and now there’s even more competition.
Now, it’s claimed that West Ham have inserted a 25% clause in their sale of Silva to Forest. Clearly, they feel he has the potential to do good stuff and were keen to cover their bases.
Silva will hope to make his debut a week today when Cardiff City arrive at the City Ground.
Can Silva be a Forest hit?
Only time will tell. At 24, he is at a nice age and perhaps shouldn’t be solely judged on his goalscoring statistics, which perhaps don’t tell the full story.
It seems to be trendy with supporters in the modern game to just dismiss players based on what’s black and white on a stats sheet.
There seems little consideration for styles of play, playing under certain managers and being made to feel wanted by clubs.
Silva will hope to prove his doubters wrong over the next couple of years and if he does that, he could prove a shrewd Forest signing.